California Safety Board Approves Indoor Heat Rules - Modern Distribution Management

Log In

California Safety Board Approves Indoor Heat Rules

A California safety board's proposed rules would call for distribution centers and manufacturing facilities to protect workers from heat.
Tiger Lily from Pexels via Canva

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OHSA) has called for workplace safety rules that would require employers, including distribution center, warehouse and manufacturing facility owners, to protect workers from excessive indoor heat.

The California work safety board approved the temperature standards, which would require access to water and cool-down areas when temperatures exceed 87 degrees Fahrenheit; assessment, record and control of temperatures; and monitoring for signs of heat illness, among other rules. But the standards won’t be able to move forward without approval by the state’s Department of Finance, which opposes the rules.

A California Department of Finance spokesperson told the LA Times the rules could cost the state’s correctional and other facilities billions of dollars. The Times’ report touches on a history of heat-related work concerns in California, including at warehouses.

Cal/OHSA posted a its reasoning for the rule, and its proposed regulation.

Related Posts

Share this article

About the Author
Recommended Reading
Leave a Reply

Leave a Comment

Sign Up for the MDM Update Newsletter

The MDM update newsletter is your best source for news and trends in the wholesale distribution industry.

Get the MDM Update Newsletter

Wholesale distribution news and trends delivered right to your inbox.

Sign-up for our free newsletter and get:

  • Up-to-date news in a quick-to-read format
  • Free access to webcasts, podcasts and live events
  • Exclusive whitepapers, research and reports
  • And more!


articles left

Want more Premium content from MDM?

Subscribe today and get:

  • New issues twice each month
  • Unlimited access to, including 10+ years of archived data
  • Current trends analysis, market data and economic updates
  • Discounts on select store products and events

Subscribe to continue reading

MDM Premium Subscribers get:

  • Unlimited access to
  • 1 year digital subscription, with new issues twice a month
  • Trends analysis, market data and quarterly economic updates
  • Deals on select store products and events



You have one free article remaining

Subscribe to MDM Premium to get unlimited access. Your subscription includes:

  • Two new issues a month
  • Access to 10+ years of archived data on
  • Quarterly economic updates, trends analysis and market data
  • Store and event discounts

To continue reading, you must be an MDM Premium subscriber.

Join other distribution executives who use MDM Premium to optimize their business. Our insights and analysis help you enter the right new markets, turbocharge your sales and marketing efforts, identify business partners that help you scale, and stay ahead of your competitors.

Register for full access

By providing your email, you agree to receive announcements from us and our partners for our newsletter, events, surveys, and partner resources per MDM Terms & Conditions. You can withdraw consent at any time.

Learn More about Custom Reports

Request a Market Prospector Demo

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.